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|Address:||32 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3EQ|
|Tel:||020 3641 8345|
|Price: £47.00||Wine: £18.75||Champagne: £35.50|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 11am-10.30pm (Sun -10pm)|
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And there I was thinking the previous reviewer was being harsh (though I don't like the Smithfield place and haven't succeeded in getting into the Gunton Arms ) ! Can't make up my mind if the DH “Ouevre” which dominates everything was the idea behing the restaurant or vice versa, but am leaning towards the latter as the execution is just so incomplete. The place is interesting enough, though my companions (2 female, one male) felt the atmosphere was a bit of a “downer”. The server was an attractive and very well-spoken young lady who was good when she was present, but then she was mostly absent (leaving the remains of our main course, including assorted chicken feet – which come with the chicken), on the table for almost 45 minutes after we had stopped eating. The house white and red wines were OK and not overpriced… but 1. the first course which is compulsory (in the sense that there is no choice) was unanimously thought to be misconceived, not hang together and not well executed – especially the chicken liver mouse served with the enormous cold Yorkshire Pud. The liver was strangely pink under the yellow lights and tasted of…very little. The heirloom tomatos were not fully ripe but at least the pea salad was good (especically the lardons). 2.The main course chicken comes empaled (literally) on an earthenware spike with some hard, cold stuffing sitting on top of the cavity at the “Parson's Nose” end, chicken feet attached to the legs splaying everywhere and a ton of near cold french fries surrounding this piece of culinary art. The place was busy, by the way, though not too noisy (a plus) but I can't help thinking that if this is really Mr Hix's money that's at stake he should stop the frenetic openings and start concentrating on making each place really work before moving-on to the next. Or – sell-out soon (just a personal view).